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The Herd

Traditional English Herefords

From L to R:
Belita, Lucy, Mary-Rose

This is the beginning of our herd. Belita, Lucy and Mary-Rose will be the original mothers . They are from the Silver family (see No.1 below). Now I’ve looked into it I feel like they should make lots of new ones….there are not a huge amount of them left.

Their pedigree names are:

Lower Eaton Ruby 14th

Lower Eaton Ruby 15th

Lower Eaton Amethyst 5th

A bit like queens  I think

I chose the Traditional Hereford because it is a relatively rare breed – and docile.

A bit of history…


The Traditional Hereford was carefully nurtured and developed by a group of skilled breeders in Herefordshire 250 years ago and are so firmly fixed that their transmission from one generation to another can always be relied upon. It was this selection process in Herefordshire and the surrounding Counties, which created the ideal grazing animal.

More information at:


Year              1994 2003 2005 2008

Cows              223   454    511  742

Stock bulls    17       24      43     54

Cow families 37       26      24     22

Herds              10       49      61     63


Cattle numbers continue to increase with a conservative estimate of 742 pedigree traditional cows in pedigree herds.

This is an increase of 45% since the 2005 census.

The number of stock bulls has also increased to 54.


The number of pedigree female registrations continues to increase, however, herd numbers have levelled off, and new recruits are only managing to replace those retiring.


Twenty cow families now have reasonable numbers.

Two have only two members (Linnet and Ivydene)

Two families are extinct (Spark and Springhill Countess)

The Families  

  1.  Silver (Amethyst, Cilla, Ruby, Sapphire, Sylvia)
  2. Julia
  3. Belladonna (Venus, Spotlight, Model, Laura)
  4. Amorous
  5. Curly
  6. Plum / Potency
  7. Gaymaid
  8. Beauty (Gaudy, Buttercup/fly, Free Town “C”)
  9. Regina
  10. Dainty
  11. Dowager
  12. Silk
  13. Judy
  14. Maria
  15. Pearl
  16. Lively
  17. Daisy
  18. Countess (Llandinabo)
18 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m speechless.

    October 19, 2012
  2. Wonderful!!

    October 26, 2012
  3. Aw…love them ❤

    October 30, 2012
  4. I love them. Herefords are pretty much my favourites, although we ended up running Dexters on our small-holding. (We named ours after politicians) Dexters were ideal for us because they are a miniature Irish breed and didn’t pug our rather wet soil too much.

    November 8, 2012
  5. Love the new spring look. Should we be looking for pregger cows? Sounds exciting and scary!

    April 7, 2013
  6. Is that all that are left?!!! I thought that Hereford’s were a standard breed? See how little we, the people, know? You are certainly doing your bit for queen and country 🙂

    April 21, 2013
    • You’re right there is a regular Hereford breed but this is the original ancient breed … prefixed by Traditional English. Small, slow growing and horned…at odds with intensive meat production. It is a totally different bloodline. They realised they were in trouble back in the 1960’s and started saving semen. So my girls may be impregnated by a 45 year old bull!

      June 12, 2013
  7. I have just found your lovely site – we have Traditional Herefords too, in Scotland where we are surrounded by continental cattle and farmers who think we are mad (except this spring when ours were eating haylage and theirs were guzzling vast amounts of expensive concentrates!)
    We love our cows and calves see our website if you are interested.

    June 11, 2013
    • Oh how exciting a fellow TEH lover 🙂 Most breeders seem to be quite old fashioned and haven’t embraced technology! Thanks for the comment I will definitely be along soon to your site. You might be able to give me some tips!

      June 12, 2013
    • Oh yes, they are so good at eating cheaply! They like to forage around too. The other day a curious thing happened…it had been raining and they became very excited by some straw which I was putting in their shelter…so much so that they just ate it all up! I wasn’t sure if it was very good for them but they obviously wanted the roughage.

      June 12, 2013
  8. Chris Frith #

    Beautiful photos, interesting site, can I please use your photo (with credit & link) of your girls eating hay from the barrow on Twitter following the Bulls (Hereford FC) win last night v Alvechurch and taking over from them at the top of the Midland Premier League?

    April 8, 2016
    • hi chris sorry I’ve not been keeping up with messages so only just seen this!

      June 13, 2016
      • Rhonda Crowe #

        Hi, Sarah!!! How are you? Hope things are going well. It’s been a while – wanted to check in on you, your husband, the ladies, and your poetry studies xx

        November 30, 2016

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